My Country, my home, is here in the Calgary area. It’s over a million people now, and still growing. It’s east of the Rocky Mountains – east of the tourist meccas of Banff and Lake Louise. It’s nestled in the valley of the Bow River in relatively predictable topographical terrain. It’s a cosmopolitan town, sometimes accused of a certain redneckedness, but it’s growing sophistication is a draw to eager imports – both temporary and permanent – from all over the world.
Before this daily prompt (yes, I know I’m two days late) was even posted, I had the idea of talking about this part of the world and had even started taking a few snaps to give it weight and colour. Here’s the first – proof, were it needed, that we have traffic here. I’ve called it Witching Hour because that’s when many otherwise normal people go goofy.
And here’s the city skyline. Boy, if that don’t look all kinds o’ different from when I moved here! If you don’t believe me, watch Cool Runnings and look for the scene when the guys arrive at the Calgary Airport.
Here’s a gothic rendition of the Glenmore Reservoir. Yes, we’re all very grateful that the levels have dropped following our nasty June floods.
Let’s step out of town for a few minutes. This little parcel is between Calgary’s northern limits and Airdrie’s southern fringe. I was playing passenger on the freeway when I rolled down the window and snapped away.
Even further out, but still within a half hour drive of the city centre, is field after rolling field of rapeseed. It’s gloriously bright and oh so yellow at this time of year. Rapeseed is where they get canola oil, for you cuisinieres out there.
The other night I heard that there might be an Aurora Borealis event in my area. I jumped in the car and headed for the outskirts, where the city lights would not be as much of an issue if there actually was an event to enjoy. I was full of optimism, but sadly it was misspent. So what I did instead was take my camera to a spot just north of downtown, set it up and work a few night shots. First, this one of a couple of major players in the corporate scene.
Then, this one of the entire downtown core. That’s the Bow River in that dark area between Memorial Drive and the skyscrapers. I have to admit I’m especially pleased with this one. It is my first ever attempt at time-release photography. Your comments are welcome.